Melissa Dunphy

Fifth Year Graduate Student in Composition
Room 103, Music Building

I am particularly interested in composing political vocal music: examples include: The Gonzales Cantata, which was featured twice on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, and "What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?" a choral work in support of gay marriage performed by Chanticleer in 2012. I've also written a song cycle about scientist Nikola Tesla, "Tesla's Pigeon." Performers of my music include the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, St. Louis Chamber Choir, Network for New Music, Anti-Social Music, American Opera Theater, Ensemble Epomeo, and Kennett Symphony and Children's Choir.  I'm currently working on my dissertation: an opera about the sex life of Ayn Rand, narrated by Alan Greenspan.